Sub-orbital Markets

  • Stella Tkatchova
Part of the Space Technology Library book series (SPTL, volume 35)


The dream of sub-orbital flights started to become a reality in 2004 when Burt Rutan won the Ansari X prize with SpaceShipOne that was dropped by the White Knight motherplane (built by Scaled Composites). Just before winning the prize, Richard Branson announced the creation of a partnership between Virgin, Scaled Composites and Mojave Aerospace Ventures called Virgin Galactic that aimed at creating a sub-orbital space tourism business. He initiated the emergence of a completely new spaceflight industry, marked by the creation of new sub-orbital reusable vehicles for crew and cargo transportation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stella Tkatchova
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  1. 1.BrusselsBelgium

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